Pioneer Woman at Heart
One Flourishing, Frugal and Fun Family!
One family learning to live off the land, cut back on expenses, and to live a simpler and a more self-sufficient lifestyle.
"Eat it up,
Wear it out,
Make it do,
Or go without."
~A Pioneer Sampler, by Barbara Greenwood~
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Hubby found someone at work who was willing to share some garlic. We bartered, and gave him a jar of homemade Cinnamon-Blueberry Jam.
Monday, September 29, 2014
We earned two free nights at the campground. Not knowing how the weather will be in October, we decided to go. We still came home during the daytime (some of it anyway) to get work completed.
We enjoyed the campfire again, on quiet cool evenings.
Sunday, September 28, 2014
Saturday, September 27, 2014
Friday, September 26, 2014
I was starving for a good breakfast, so I tossed onions, potatoes, green pepper and zucchini in a pan to cook for
Thursday, September 25, 2014
I spent about three hours pulling monstrous size weeds from the garden, just so I could get to the potatoes. Mission somewhat accomplished. I have about six feet left to dig up yet. There is nothing worse than leaning down to pull a weed, only to be poked in the eye by five foot foxtail. Ouch! And the kids thought they'd get to eat at the table this week, ha ha! Not. That photo only shows a portion of them. My goal is to get all of them dug up before I even start canning the rest.
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
I made my first cabbage and egg omelet. That is not red cabbage either. It's leftover cabbage I had previously cooked up with beets from the garden. I fried it in a small bit of non-gmo organic canola oil, then added a tiny bit of organic soy sauce. I poured in two scrambled eggs. I simply used salt and pepper and a bit if cheese in the middle. Absolutely delicious! Mama Pea over at A Home Grown Journal, mentioned cabbage for breakfast (with eggs). I just had to try it.
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
I checked the garden. It's still too wet to dig potatoes. I think I will start bringing in corn this week and drying it in the sun on good sunny days. I picked more jalapenos and hot banana peppers too.
I ended up starting the day yesterday by cleaning up my "work" area by the computer. I ended up sorting everything into piles before tackling each one. I had a "file it" pile, a "put it in a binder" pile, a "shred it" pile, a "needs paid" pile, "put it back where it belongs" pile, "ask the kids if they need it any longer" pile, and a "recipe" pile. Needless to day, a few of those piles were left for today to take care of, but things are looking much tidier.
Monday, September 22, 2014
I'll admit, the computer sometimes interferes with my ability to be prudent with time well spent. I'm getting better at it.
The weekend went by too fast. Laundry was put out early, recycling was gathered and delivered,
Sunday, September 21, 2014
Like many of you, I have been madly ripping out my garden (and a long way from being finished). I still have potatoes, a few pie pumpkins, popcorn and a small bit of pinto beans to harvest. It's been such a blessing this year.
Saturday, September 20, 2014
Dinner was in the crock pot early in anticipation of
Friday, September 19, 2014
The nail polish on my nails is no longer there. I'm back to the garden and more preserving again. It will be a treat when I get the next break, but wood splitting is about to take over too.
Hubby and I were at the Farmer's market a while back, and he told me he wanted to buy "Root beer" jelly. I looked at him and cringed. I really should be roasting more pie pumpkins, pulling more out of the garden, and so forth. I knew he wanted me to make it vs. him buy it, so I did.
Well, I decided that if I made this, that there would be a consolation prize for me. Hm. Maybe a new purse perhaps? I'll have to think on that and get back with Hubby on that "prize" but I needed to make the jelly first.
The first challenge was . . .
Thursday, September 18, 2014
Cooler weather means it's time to fill the jar of homemade hot chocolate. Mmmm! It also means I have to get laundry on the clothesline much earlier to completely dry.
Dinners here have been,what I call "on the fly." I take whatever is in the garden and cook what ever comes to my mind.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Two weeks ago, I placed dried elderberries and raw honey in a canning jar. I let it sit in a warm location to infuse.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Monday, September 15, 2014
The Hubs drove. Need I say more? If my brother and sister-in-law were driving behind us, they would have been gasping.
On our way home, we passed an A & W drive-in. Remember those? We had one in our home town growing up. We passed it, Hubby pulled off the road, then pulled a "Dukes of Hazard" straight across all lanes of traffic, and up (yes, up) the the entrance to the drive-in. Needless to say, any projectiles in the car went flying. People were staring at us. I was shrinking in my seat and trying to recover, and make sure we were still all okay. So after that, I really needed a weekend off.
Friday, September 12, 2014
Hubby and I have checked the campground on the island - booked solid. Everyone else must have the same idea. Other than non-electric sites that have no water view. I love the water because it's very relaxing and I can enjoy the sunrises every morning. It bums me out we can't go.
I'll get over it. Maybe.
Thursday, September 11, 2014
Yesterday while more ketchup was reducing on the stove, and in another pot I was heating tomatoes for tomato juice, I took my lunch to the porch. It was kind of my "five minutes" to myself part of the day.
I picked more green and red bell peppers, and wandered around checking the tomatoes. There are more green ones on the larger tomato plants yet.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
While I've been busy canning and gardening, the spiders have been busy - webs all over the inside and outside of our home. I have been busy and knocking them all down. I'm still preserving with tomatoes.
This morning's sunrise was beautiful. It slowly turned into a gray sky today, and rain is in the forecast. Actually they are telling us to expect strong thunderstorms starting around noon.
Monday, September 8, 2014
After getting the laundry down. . .
Sunday, September 7, 2014
Saturday, September 6, 2014
The thought of blueberries and onions peeked my curiosity. So, in honor of my Aunt, I picked a recipe from the Country Woman magazine she sent me. I chose "Savory Blueberry Onion Jam." The recipe uses a lot of red onions and some blueberries. It even uses honey.
Friday, September 5, 2014
I did not go looking for this recipe. I found it in a library book - Pearls of Wisdom, Tops, Shortcuts, and Recipes from a Country Home, by Deborah S. Tukua, who adapted their recipe from Countryside Magazine. The actual color is more of a amber brown than the color it shows in the photo.
Thursday, September 4, 2014
I'm up before the sun is again. The weather is to be in the upper 80's, but it said to feel like 90's. I need to water flowers before I start canning today.
I spent part of the day yesterday on the phone, making appointments.
Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Yesterday, I canned homemade pizza sauce for the first time. I have never had this many tomatoes, so it is a blessing. We'll be popping open a jar of this to make grilled pizzas this week. I'll let you know how it tastes and which recipe I adapted.
Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Hubby promised to do one job yesterday, so I opted for canning something quicker than tomato sauce related. I used most of the leftover corn (off the cob) and picked some green and red peppers - corn relish.
I've never canned corn relish before, but I think it will be versatile - omelets, fish, chicken, sausage, burgers.
Monday, September 1, 2014
Yesterday, after laundry was on the line, I decided to start with 20 lbs. of paste tomatoes, a few bay leaves and followed the instructions in Keeping the Harvest, by Nancy Chioffi and Gretchen Mead.